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Brookdale Senior Living Dining Service Director in Lakewood, New York


Every day is an opportunity for our associates to deeply connect with people in a profound and personal way. Our associates are the core of our mission and we know that offering them genuine rewards and heart filling job satisfaction is the key to our success as a company. Here you'll find opportunities to grow your career at any level whether you have direct contact with resident or support someone who does, and be inspired personally. With over 60,000 associates, there's a place for you to make a difference in lives of the families we serve throughout our continuum of care.


Assists in the day to day operation of all food and beverage operations at the community, by maintaining companystandards and meeting financial expectations of the department. Assists the current Dining Services Director asneeded or performs the duties of the Dining Services Director in their absence.

Assists in the supervision of preparation and cooking of food as determined by standard recipes.Maintains a quality assurance program that guarantees residents receive fresh, tasty, well-prepared mealsserved promptly and politely.Develops well-balanced recipes and menus in collaboration with chef and Dining Services Director.Maintains the resident request logbook and forwards these request to the chef and Dining Services Director.Remains knowledgeable of all menus and descriptions.Assists in maintaining food costs and ensuring budgetary compliance. Assists in the purchasing all food and non-food items.Assists with the scheduling of all food service personnel to maintain compliance with budgetary guidelines.Assists with resident billing of food service charges. Assists in the maintenance of all department logs andensures bookkeeping policies are followed.Assists in ensuring all food and beverage is stored, handled and prepared under safe and sanitary conditionsas set forth by the company and the local, state and county health departments.Acts as the facility's representative for any health department of other required inspections; assures compliance, follows up to assure any deficiencies are immediately corrected in the absence of the Dining Services Director.Hires, trains, disciplines and terminates departmental employees in accordance with company policies.Assists in ensuring all department training standards are met and up to date.Supervises the daily operation of dining room(s) and room service. Ensures room service orders are delivered timely and properly with the Dining Room Manager. Ensures smooth and timely opening of the dining room.Inspects side work to ensure completion and closes dining room with the Dining Room Manager.Provides supervision for special functions in the absence of the Dining Services Director. Assists appropriate staff to coordinate special events.

This job description represents an overview of the responsibilities for the above referenced position. It is not intended to represent a comprehensive list of responsibilities. An associate should perform all duties as assigned by his/her supervisor.


Education and Experience Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university with two to three years related experience and/ortraining; or twelve years of experience and/or training in Food Service Management, Culinary Arts or Hospitality asthe educational equivalent preferred. Some experience working with seniors and older adults beneficial.

Certifications, Licenses, and Other Special Requirements Obtain/hold any local, state and/or county required food handling/sanitation licenses and/or certificates. Must be ServSafe Certified. Registered Dietitian or Certified Dietary Manager preferred. Must have a valid driver license and access to a private vehicle for business use.

Management/Decision Making Applies existing guidelines and procedures to make varied decisions within a department. Uses sound judgmentand experience to solve moderately complex problems based on precedent, example, reasonableness or acombination of these.

Knowledge and Skills Possesses extensive knowledge of a distinct skill or function and a thorough understanding of the organization andwork environment. Has working knowledge of a functional discipline. Basic knowledge of PC's and WordProcessing Software required, preferably in a Microsoft Windows environment. Additional skills in foreignlanguages other than English preferred to communicate with property staff and residents. Training and hands-onexperience in food preparation and menu planning essential. Effective written and oral communication skills.Ability to address staff, residents and visitors in a courteous and friendly manner. Ability to understand the diningand nutritional needs of residents and ability to incorporate residents' desires into the dining services operation.Extensive knowledge of food preparation and delivery. Knowledgeable of all aspects of food service positions withfood and beverage background. Extensive knowledge of federal, state and local regulations regarding the safety offood preparation and handling. Willingness to communicate perceived physical and emotional needs of residents toother skilled staff to assist with addressing their care needs.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

  • Standing

  • Requires interaction with co-workers, residents or vendors

  • Walking

  • Sitting

  • Occasional weekend, evening or night work if needed to ensure shift coverage.

  • Use hands and fingers to handle or feel

  • On-Call on an as needed basis

  • Reach with hands and arms

  • Possible exposure to communicable diseases and infections

  • Stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl

  • Talk or hear

  • Exposure to latex

  • Ability to lift: Up to 50 pounds

  • Possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens

  • Possible exposure to various drugs, chemical, infectious, or biological hazards

  • Subject to injury from falls, burns, odors, or cuts from equipment

  • Requires Travel: Frequently

  • Vision

Brookdale is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.

Schedule: Regular Full-Time